The Winnipeg Jets were basically forced to move team captain Andrew Ladd at the deadline because of potential summer cap issues. Although the Jets hated to lose their quality captain, the return they received has already been a surprise. On February 25th the Jets sent Andrew Ladd, Jay Harrison and Matt Fraser to the Chicago Blackhawks for a 2016 1st Round Draft Pick, a 2018 conditional 3rd Round Draft Pick, and young prospect Marko Dano.
Last summer Dano arrived in Chicago from Columbus with high hopes. During the 2014-2015 the young Dano had a great year scoring 8 goals, 13 assists for a total of 21 points in 35 games, and was also a +12. An excellent, and promising start for the young rookie.
In June of 2015 the Columbus Blue Jackets traded Dano along with Artem Anisimov and Corey Tropp to the Chicago Blackhawks for Brandon Saad, Alex Broadhurst and Michael Paliotta. Expectations were very high for Dano in Chicago. He was projected to play a key role, but at the end of training camp he was unexpectedly assigned to the Blackhawks AHL affiliate the Rockford IceHogs. In November he was called back up to the Blackhawks, but only managed to produce one goal and one assist in 13 games.
The arrival of the young 21 year old in Winnipeg was exciting. Hopes were high again. The young, high-energy Jets placed him on a second line with center Alex Burmistrov, and winger Mathieu Perreault. His production was immediate. Since arriving in Winnipeg Dano has 3 goals, 2 assists for 5 points in 9 games. With continued ice-time Dano looks to build off these numbers and be a mainstay in Winnipeg, and on many fantasy owners starting lineup.
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